Developing your own TiVo Apps

TiVo HME FrameworkI missed it, but apparently TiVo released Home Media Engine, an open development kit (SDK) for making applications that run on your TiVo.

There are two parts, the HME itself, and the Bananas UI toolkit for making TiVo-like interfaces.

The HME protocol enables third parties to write applications that display on the TiVo box.

This is more than likely a response to the growing number of MythTV users and enthusiasts. By providing a turn-key hardware setup and solution with near-immediate and assumed SAF (Spousal/Significant-other Approval Factor) it also allows hackers (the good kind) and enthusiasts to satisfy their desire to customize and modify.

An enterprising Indigo user is already developing a TiVo app to control his home automation.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.